A Special Son

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 25 and 26.
After Sarah died, Abraham married Keturah (Genesis 25.1). Through her, Abraham had six more sons (v. 2). Moses then told us some of the descendants of those sons (v. 3, 4), and Abraham gave them gifts (v. 6), but he sent them away from his son Isaac, who was to inherit all that Abraham had, “And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac” (Gen 25.5).
The Bible shows God making promises to Abraham, then to Isaac, then to Jacob, and so on. The promises did not have to do with blessing the family of Abraham above others, as it might appear in the first six verses of Genesis 25, but God used that family to bless the world by using that family to bring the Christ into the world.
Therefore, do not think these things cruel, but see them as magnificent signs of mercy. God loves the world, and He wants to bless the world. In order that we might know or be able to identify the Christ, God showed from what family the Christ would come. These were things spoken of hundreds of years before they happened, so that we know they did not happen by accident, but it was the plan of God.

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